Bloody January

Bloody January

When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead the investigation but soon runs up against a secret society led by Glasgow's wealthiest family, the Dunlops. McCoy's When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Det...

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Title:Bloody January
Author:Alan Parks
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Bloody January Reviews

  • Stephen
    Jan 20, 2019

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

  • Rob Kitchin
    Mar 24, 2019

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

  • Marianne
    Dec 23, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

  • John Murphy
    Mar 09, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy. I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it. And I did like thi...

    Thank you Net Galley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review "Bloody January" by Alan Parks. The book is what I describe as Scottish noir crime (think Rebus in the '70s), and centers around the seeming random killings of a young woman, the boy who killed her and the con...

    This book is set in the world of crime in 1970's Glasgow and it is hard as nails. The main protagonist Detective Harry McCoy is raw and angry and quite frankly he shocked the hell out of me! I did not expect his behaviour and I had to remind myself that times were different back th...

    enjoyed this book..Scottish settings are my favorite.(i am in Australia)..became a little predictable towards the end but overall a good effort for a debut..will be reading February's Son for sure ...

    WARNING FOR SLIGHT SPOILERS The time is January, 1973. The place is Glasgow. Change is in the air. Huge slum-clearance programmes are in progress (and grotty high-rise flats being thrown up in their place). Motorway extensions are being built that will bring traffic into the hear...

    really enjoyed this one. for a first novel, I was really impressed how this story took off and held my interest from the very first chapter. this is rough and tough Glasgow in the early 70's where crime is gritty and corruption abounds. Det McCoy gets the case of young man who shoots a...

    There was a lot to love about this debut novel from Alan Parks. The characters were all brilliantly realised and the whole book just drips with atmosphere. I was born in Glasgow in 1973 the year this was set in and the descriptions of a city in the grip of winter were as much a key to ...

  • Raven
    Jan 21, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

  • Mysticpt
    Sep 02, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy. I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it. And I did like thi...

    Thank you Net Galley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review "Bloody January" by Alan Parks. The book is what I describe as Scottish noir crime (think Rebus in the '70s), and centers around the seeming random killings of a young woman, the boy who killed her and the con...

    This book is set in the world of crime in 1970's Glasgow and it is hard as nails. The main protagonist Detective Harry McCoy is raw and angry and quite frankly he shocked the hell out of me! I did not expect his behaviour and I had to remind myself that times were different back th...

    enjoyed this book..Scottish settings are my favorite.(i am in Australia)..became a little predictable towards the end but overall a good effort for a debut..will be reading February's Son for sure ...

    WARNING FOR SLIGHT SPOILERS The time is January, 1973. The place is Glasgow. Change is in the air. Huge slum-clearance programmes are in progress (and grotty high-rise flats being thrown up in their place). Motorway extensions are being built that will bring traffic into the hear...

    really enjoyed this one. for a first novel, I was really impressed how this story took off and held my interest from the very first chapter. this is rough and tough Glasgow in the early 70's where crime is gritty and corruption abounds. Det McCoy gets the case of young man who shoots a...

  • Tracy Shephard
    Oct 26, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

  • Joanne Hurley
    Aug 25, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy. I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it. And I did like thi...

    Thank you Net Galley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review "Bloody January" by Alan Parks. The book is what I describe as Scottish noir crime (think Rebus in the '70s), and centers around the seeming random killings of a young woman, the boy who killed her and the con...

  • Christine
    Nov 18, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

  • Eric
    Dec 10, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

  • Col
    Aug 17, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

  • Maureen
    Nov 28, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

  • Linda Strong
    Mar 08, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

  • Linda Strong
    Mar 08, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

  • Nigel
    Aug 08, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

  • Lisa
    Jul 12, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy. I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it. And I did like thi...

    Thank you Net Galley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review "Bloody January" by Alan Parks. The book is what I describe as Scottish noir crime (think Rebus in the '70s), and centers around the seeming random killings of a young woman, the boy who killed her and the con...

    This book is set in the world of crime in 1970's Glasgow and it is hard as nails. The main protagonist Detective Harry McCoy is raw and angry and quite frankly he shocked the hell out of me! I did not expect his behaviour and I had to remind myself that times were different back th...

  • Helga
    Dec 18, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

  • Sandy
    Oct 14, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

  • Fleet
    Feb 20, 2019

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy. I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it. And I did like thi...

    Thank you Net Galley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review "Bloody January" by Alan Parks. The book is what I describe as Scottish noir crime (think Rebus in the '70s), and centers around the seeming random killings of a young woman, the boy who killed her and the con...

    This book is set in the world of crime in 1970's Glasgow and it is hard as nails. The main protagonist Detective Harry McCoy is raw and angry and quite frankly he shocked the hell out of me! I did not expect his behaviour and I had to remind myself that times were different back th...

    enjoyed this book..Scottish settings are my favorite.(i am in Australia)..became a little predictable towards the end but overall a good effort for a debut..will be reading February's Son for sure ...

  • Manon the Malicious
    Aug 08, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy. I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it. And I did like thi...

  • Mandy White
    Nov 30, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

  • Dave
    Jan 26, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

  • Colette Lamberth
    Oct 25, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

  • Roy
    Mar 12, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

  • Paromjit
    Nov 17, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

  • Elaine Tomasso
    Aug 14, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

  • Tiger
    Aug 20, 2017

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

  • Roman Clodia
    Nov 28, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

  • Paul Finch
    Jan 07, 2019

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canongate Books for an advance copy of Bloody January, the first in a projected series of police procedurals set in 1970s Glasgow to feature detective Harry McCoy. Harry gets a call to go to Barlinnie prison where violent inmate, Howie Nairn, tell...

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Set in 1973, in Glasgow, this mystery told the story of 30 year old detective, Harry McCoy. I like anything set in Scotland ever since the first time I went there and fell in love with it. And I did like thi...

    Thank you Net Galley and the Publisher for allowing me to read and review "Bloody January" by Alan Parks. The book is what I describe as Scottish noir crime (think Rebus in the '70s), and centers around the seeming random killings of a young woman, the boy who killed her and the con...

    This book is set in the world of crime in 1970's Glasgow and it is hard as nails. The main protagonist Detective Harry McCoy is raw and angry and quite frankly he shocked the hell out of me! I did not expect his behaviour and I had to remind myself that times were different back th...

    enjoyed this book..Scottish settings are my favorite.(i am in Australia)..became a little predictable towards the end but overall a good effort for a debut..will be reading February's Son for sure ...

    WARNING FOR SLIGHT SPOILERS The time is January, 1973. The place is Glasgow. Change is in the air. Huge slum-clearance programmes are in progress (and grotty high-rise flats being thrown up in their place). Motorway extensions are being built that will bring traffic into the hear...

  • Jo
    Jan 10, 2018

    **4.5 STARS** I seem to be saying this a lot just recently, but for fear of repeating myself, I have to say what an excellent debut novel this is! Alan Parks brings 70's Glasgow brilliantly to life, with this raw and gritty Scottish crime novel. It's January 1973, it's snowing, ...

    Absolutely Brilliant! This bleak and atmospheric debut Scottish Noir places Alan Parks firmly in the top league of crime writers. It is set in a 1970s Glasgow of hard men, crime gangsters and corrupt cops, with all the plethora of the cruelty and brutality of the time. It is a dark tal...

    Detective Harry McCoy should have listened to his snitch. Now he?s sitting beside the body of a teenager who just killed himself after shooting a waitress in the middle of a busy Glasgow street. Harry doesn?t now it yet but things are about to get much worse. So much so that years ...

    Bloody January. Bloody fantastic. Noir fans look no further for a superb read. Bloody January is the debut from Scottish author Alan Parks. It oozes atmosphere. It is dark. It is powerful.  We go back in time to the 1970s. To Glasgow, Scotland. To the dark underbelly of the city...

    ?Outside, the snow was gently falling, covering Glasgow in a fresh white layer, hiding the dirt beneath?? This intense, dark and impressive debut crime thriller by talented Alan Parks is set in Scotland in the 1970?s and centers around corruption, violence, prostitution and ...

    The language in this book really put me off. I know that it fits with Glasgow in the 70s but it was a bit excessive. I enjoyed the story and the writing but the swearing was too much. Thank you to Netgalley and Cannongate Books for the chance to read and review this book ...

    4.5?s Bloody January is the first book in the Harry McCoy series by British author, Alan Parks. It?s January 1973, and thirty-year-old Harry McCoy is a detective with the Glasgow Police Force. Later, they?ll call it Bloody January, but on the first, it?s a visit to the jail fo...

    This Scottish Noir takes the reader back to the 1970's in Glasgow. Detective Harry McCoy and his new partner don't just happen to be on the street when a woman is gunned down. McCoy was tipped off by a prisoner that this particular woman was going to be eliminated. He said no more,...

    First book in what I anticipate (hope) will be a new series. This very gritty, very realistic crime novel set in 1973 Glasgow was excellent. Detective Harry McCoy is summoned to Barlinnie prison by an inmate who has information about an upcoming hit. When that hit shortly occurs right ...

    In brief - Very 70s, very Glaswegian. Bleak, dark and unpleasant at times. I found it a very good read. From the start this book is highly atmospheric. It says that those who were not around for the events of Bloody January say it "can't have been that bad - but they were wrong". E...

    From cover to cover, Alan Parks has filled his debut novel, "Bloody January," with frighteningly realistic dark crime fiction. This novel is just everything you want out of crime fiction. Yes, it's got a lot of classic noir plotlines but it feels fresh and new. It's set in early 19...

    Detective Harry McCoy knows something, told to him by an informant currently residing in Barlinnie prison. Now a young has killed himself after shooting dead a waitress. Glasgow 1973 is not a good place, it is a violent place with crime bosses, bent cops and people know their pla...

    Bloody January by Alan Parks follows Glasgow detective Harry McCoy as he tries to solve crimes in January 1973. Parks is summoned to a nearby prison to meet with an aging gangster he does know not and is given an order to protect a young woman. The violent gangster is spare with de...

    3.5* Dark, brutal, cruel Scottish crime noir. Harry is a protagonist where you develop that love/hate relationship. We get exposed to Glasgow 70s and it seedy underbelly, murder, deceit, prostitution, drugs it has it all, and all wrapped amongst a city like Glasgow. Harry has his s...

    really enjoyed this crime thriller based in 1973 Glasgow there you can feel the underworld of the city with sex trade and drugs and few deaths which look unconnected its a dark and gritty Scottish crime thriller which would appeal to a lot of people ...

    Bleak Tartan Noir set in the 1970s - in fact, so gritty, violent and hopeless that it almost tips into pastiche. Every form of cruelty and abuse is here: bullying, sexual molestation, drugs, sadistic prostitution, pornography... The cops are dirty, a gangster has a hidden heart of gold...

    Synopsis/blurb.... When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the middle of a busy Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Detective Harry McCoy is sure of one thing. It wasn't a random act of violence. With his new partner in tow, McCoy uses his underworld network to lead ...

    Detective Harry McCoy is an anti-hero cop cut from a familiar set of tropes ? a man who grew up in institutional care, who?s boyhood friend is a major criminal, who?s own child died young, who has a drink and authority problem, is a Catholic in a sectarian institution, and who re...

    Gritty, unflinching, perfectly non- politically correct, and with echoes of the grandmasters of black-hearted noir, Lewis, McIlvanney, Raymond, Bruen et al, this was an absolute corker. From the outset I was heartily entertained by the exploits of Detective Harry McCoy, with his nefar...

    review under the kindle edition ...

    It was a refreshing change to read a book set in the 1970s when policing was not just about DNA. My memories of Glasgow at that time are of going there to be bought a winter coat but the descriptions felt authentic enough and tally with my later experience of the city. I?m not advers...

    Enjoyed this book, the characters where interesting. Hope there will be more stories of Harry MaCoy ...